Don Whitefield trained Judo and Boxing in Germany before moving to the West Coast and starting to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Team Megaton and the Carlson Gracie team in 1997. Don received his Jiu-Jitsu black belt directly from the legendary Ricardo De la Riva in his main academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009.
While travelling across North America for his corporate job he noticed the lack of realistic Martial Arts schools teaching in an organized and safe manner causing him to start West Coast Martial Arts. Today tots learn listening and other important manners in our schools while teens and adults loose extra weight permanently, get in great shape, learn effective self defence and drawing inner strength from the moral code of being true Martial Artists.
Over the last ten years Don has taught Jiu-Jitsu to countless students and many head coaches from teams like Coquitlam Martial Arts and Genesis BJJ to Clinch MMA and On Guard BJJ. Most of his students opened their own clubs as successful members of the West Coast BJJ Association.
Todd Deane-Freeman has been training with Don since 2006 starting with him as a white belt. He was a very talented grappler right from the begining and won in a short time the 2006 Tigerbalm International Championship in BJJ and Submission Grappling and the 2007 West Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship defeating several higher ranks along the way.
He has been supporting the team wholeheartetly over the years and proved as a great teacher as well as grappler. After eight years of training hard to receive his black belt from Don Whitefield in 2014 in Hawaii and he continues to teach BJJ classes every week in Maple Ridge and Port Coquitlam.
MMA & Kickboxing Head Coach
Shawn Albrecht has been a part of the West Coast Martial Arts team since the very beginning in 2005. Shawn has always trained very hard and is a very disciplined student and fighter. He has advanced quickly and currently has an amateur MMA record of 6 wins and 2 losses and a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 5 losses.
Shawn is very well rounded in all disciplines of MMA and has won several Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling championships. Shawn currently teaches Kickboxing, No Gi Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts classes as a West Coast BJJ black belt in Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge. He also looks after the students services for West Coast Martial Arts.
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Maizal Suryadi grew up in tough environment of rural Sumatra. Long after he moved to Canada he began to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 under Don Whitefield bringing his mental toughness and dedication with him into this art at age fourty-five. Maizal excelled learning side-by-side many athletic students half his age because he possesses the character of a true Martial Artist.
At age fifty-three he received his well earned black belt after winning second place in the 2014 Masters World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Long Beach, California. Today Maizal is loved and admired by all our students that learn from him by example that consistency and committment always pay off reagrdless of how late you start your training. He is teaching adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in Port Coquitlam.